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Ambulance care assistant/Patient transport service (PTS) driver
This page introduces the role of ambulance care assistant/patient transport service (PTS) driver, including information on entry requirements and training.
Ambulance care assistants/PTS drivers usually work in the patient transport service of an ambulance service trust, where they will drive disabled, elderly and vulnerable people to and from outpatient clinics, daycare centres and to routine hospital admissions. They may sometimes be called PTS drivers.
They often see the same people on a regular basis, getting to know them. Some of their passengers will be anxious about their hospital visit and others will lead isolated lives.
Based at the central depot such as a large hospital with a team of other assistants, depending on the type of vehicle they drive. They cover a particular area and might work shifts.
They might be part of a two-person team using a specially designed ambulance with a tail-lift for wheelchairs, carrying several people on each journey. They might work on their own, driving a standard car to transport one or two able-bodied people at a time.
As well as driving they also lift and move some patients in and out of the vehicle. They make sure that the patients they are transporting are safe and comfortable during the journey and that they arrive on time for their appointment. Ambulance care assistants are also trained in resuscitation in case a patient is taken ill while in their care.
Other duties include making sure that the vehicle is clean and tidy and keeping an accurate record of journeys...